Rabid (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

Rabid (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

Rabid (2019) (Blu-ray Review)

0 comments 📅13 February 2020, 08:18

Rabid (2019) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
Starring: Laura Vandervoort, Benjamin Hollingsworth, Mackenzie Gray
Rated: UR/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory

The quiet Rose works in women’s fashion clothing, hoping to be a designer. A traffic accident damages her face. She gets experimental stem cell treatment, leaving her stronger and prettier than ever – but there’s a side effect.

The Soska Sisters are very self-aware of all that is usually said about remakes. They are also very aware of what it takes to use the old concept, add new elements to it, and make it remain very interesting. I think their take on Cronenberg’s classic Rabid was a hit that just falls short of going out of the park. Sure, the same elements of the original remain but this one is set-up a bit different with perhaps even more fleshed out characters to drive the bloody stuff along. We are with Rose here, she is in the fashion world and sadly has a tough past with some minor scars and such on her face. After some stuff happens she in a terrible accident where she is left looking disfigured and very monster-like. A new age experiment makes her look better than she ever has looked but the side effects include something being wrong with her and an ability to be able to spread rabies to others. It’s a good story with some good blood to go along with it.

Look, this isn’t a flawless movie. It does appear to be trying a little too hard in spots and does come complete with a bit of an awkward and random CM Punk performance during a couple scenes. We’ve seen him do very well in stuff like the girl on the Third Flood, but he’s just way out of place and weird here. Outside of that and an almost equally as random soap opera character and elements, the rest of our characters are well done and trigger a few emotions. The core characters and their issues are when this one is at its best. The gore and comes with it is also a key and great portion of the film. Some of the stuff on the outside of that is a bit iffy here and there. Still, this a very solid remake and offers up something new to the story. That’s what makes for a good remake and as a result, I’d say this one is pretty solid overall and worth seeing for sure. It might just easily be The Soska sisters’ best movie since American Mary.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary With Directors & Writers Jen & Sylvia Soska
  • Interview With Actress Laura Vandervoot
  • Trailer

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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